With the 2nd movie on the way and me being a fan of the series, It was time I wrote about this glamorous, sexy and hilarious (and sometimes emotional) TV show.
The series centers on 4 women in their 30s-maybe with Samantha being a little older: Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte. Set in New York, we witness the romantic (and sometimes not so romantic) adventures of them.
Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker): Carrie is a sex/relationships columnist. She is well-paid but she lives in a studio apartment. The money is spent on her clothes/shoes addiction, her busy social life and cabs. She loves dating and her column is inspired by her and her 3 best friends’ love lives. She likes having fun, but deep down, she is up for a meaningful relationship. And no matter how many men come and go, the man who makes the “biggest” impression is Mr. Big (Chris Noth). He appears in a variety of episodes throughout all seasons. Wait, I’ll come back to that guy.
Samantha Jones (Kim Catrall): Samantha is a hot, successful businesswoman with her own PR agency. Among these 4 women, she is the one who loves and has sex the most. There are no boundaries, rules or shame. She once defined herself as a try-sexual, meaning that she will try anything once, including threesomes, sleeping with a woman and more. She has fun and is proud of her conquests. She is never shy about talking anything either. Although all her 3 best friends in the show talk about sex and relationships, they often feel like that Samantha should try to censor herself.
Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon): Miranda is a successful lawyer and she refuses to be optimistic when it comes to men. She is a cynic and she is proud of it. She has her heartbreaks, disappointments and occasional outrage just like Carrie or Charlotte. There are some big crushes, too. And although she loves having a healthy and busy sex life, her total number of bed partners can not be compared to Samantha’s. At least Miranda can count.
Charlotte York (Kristin Davis): Charlotte is- hands down- the most romantic, conventional, and traditional of them all. She works at a prestigious art gallery but she has no trouble imagining herself to be a stay-at-home mother and be supported by her husband. Ever since the show has started, she dreams of finding the right man, getting married and having babies. She is most often embarrassed or outraged by Samantha’s comments on sex. However as the show progresses, she lets go of her inhibitions a bit. But the traditionalist in her never dies.
THE GAY BESTFRIEND:
Every city gal should have at least one, right? Stanford (Willie Garson) is Carrie’s. He is openly and proudly gay. He offers some great advice, provides a lot of fun to the show. He is also the reason Carrie met Aidan (see below). So yes, we like Stanford.
Surely men come and go throughout all seasons and we don’t hear about most of them again.But some leave their marks, just like Big (Chris Noth-as I mentioned earlier). Here are the men who get to stay-for at least during 1 or 2 seasons.
Big (Chris Noth): We are not revealed Big’s name until the very end, so I will keep refer to him as Big here. After all, Big is all we hear about for six years. Maybe telling you that he appears this much through out all seasons is a spoiler. But then again, he is both movies so it can’t have spoiled things that badly for you.
He is a lot of things most women want. Hell, he is a lot of things I want: Tall, dark, handsome, well-off and fun. However he is also a lot of things most women-including me- don’t want: He is a little elusive and has commitment issues. And he does have a tendency not to or hate it, he is one of the factors that make the show recognize a good thing (Carrie) even when it is right in front of him all the time. But love him interesting and a lot of fun. Plus, his character is proof that no matter how independent, successful and fun-loving a woman is, she might lose common sense all together when she is head over heels.
Aidan Shaw (John Corbett): Carrie was crazy about him, but it didn’t stop her from messing things up big time. But fans loved Aidan and even if after an awful break-up season 3, he came back to the show in season 4. And how canyou not love Aidan? He is handsome and cute, tall, fun-loving, romantic,thoughtful…
The guy was just perfection. Oh did I mention he likes rock? Yep, it is like I created this character. Even though I like Big’s charisma and his mischievous glint in the idea, for me Aidan was the one.
There are two other men who threatened to be significant in Carrie’s life: artist Aleksandr Petrovsky and Jack Berger (Ron Livingston). Aleksandr had the charm of the older guy and Berger just seemed to be perfect for Carrie. He was cute and he was a writer. However Berger committed some of the ultimate relationship sins. And well…it wasn’t either of these guys we had our fingers crossed to end up with our Carrie anyway.
You might want it hard to believe but even Samantha had two important men in her life. Two men that she went nuts for. Arguably, she was just too nuts for one of them and that kinda kept her reserved for the other one but hey, it is a big thing that Samantha did try relationships:
Richard Wright (James Remar): Rich, confident, charismatic and no intention of being a serious relationship ever, he seemed to be the perfect match for Samantha. And things would’ve gone smoothly if Samantha hadn’t fallen for him but hey, it happens to even the best of us. We fall for people we shouldn’t fall for. But hey, no worries, she does take care of herself anyhow.
Smith Jerrod (Jason Lewis): Now, if you thought Aidan was too good to be true, it is because you never met Smith. He redefines the adjective gorgeous. Moreover, he is a nice guy. And he is exiciting. And he is loyal. And he is an aspiring actor. Well, he was so cool, obviously even Samatha couldn’t resist. And why should she? If she is going to be in a relationship, it might as well be with a guy who is way hotter than all the guys in the show combined.Go, Samantha.
Steve Brady ( David Eigenberg): We couldn’t have guessed that our workaholic, cynic and maybe a little neurotic lawyer would fall for a cute, relaxed and maybe not so mature bartender Steve but hey, one can never predict these things…It might have started as a fling but soon it becomes something Miranda never has planned. Summarizing the relationship would take a lot of time. So let’s just say they had lot of ups and downs.
Trey MacDougal (Kyle MacLachlan): It all began like the fairy tale Charlotte had imagined it would be. A handsome gentlemen, old-fashioned where it mattered to her. But it wouldn’t help matters that he would have the mother from hell. Still, Charlotte tried really hard to make it work. But when push came to shove, she would need a divorce later.
Harry Goldenblatt (Evan Handler): Details of Charlotte’s divorce are hilarious and you should watch those. But let’s say that without trying to divorce Trey, she would have never met Harry, the love of her life. While Harry is not an attractive guy, he is very nice. But there is no such thing as the perfect guy or the perfect relationship. Harry is Jewish and he makes it clear to Charlotte that he can’t marry a non-Jewish person. While this remark would have resulted in me kicking the guy’s ass, Charlotte is much more understanding and willing. So she converts. The lengths this woman will go to get that ring on her finger…Thankfully, Harry proves to be worth the trouble. Well, most of the time….
OTHER MEN WORTH MENTIONING:
Now, it is not about the romance but how I feel about these actors. It is always fun seeing them and well…let’s take a look:
SAM- The 20 something guy
Well, who says we always need to date people our own age? So Carrie hooks up with Sam. What’s so special about Sam? Sam is played by none other than Timothy Olyphant! Oh ,yes. Yay to the casting directors!
The Bi Guy
Another 20 something guy that Carrie couldn’t resist. He might be hot, but there is a problem. He is bi. Now, it may not be a problem for everyone but our Carrie isn’t “modern” enough to digest that her lovely date has dated men. I hear you, Carrie. It is kind of weird. Now, this guy is played by Eddie Cahill. For avid Friends fans, Eddie plays Tag- Rachel’s hot assistant.
Last But Not Least:
Not only this episode in season 2 is hilarious, the love interest/eye candy for Carrie is played by Jon Bon Jovi! Yep, despite being a good rocker, Jon is pretty OK as an actor as well. It makes perfect sense for Carrie to be attracted to him. Yes, as well as being writers, I seem to have some things in common with Carrie when it comes to men. Well, not that I bedded someone that hot yet. But hey, I am still young. There is time.
FUN GUEST APPEARANCES
* Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew McConaughey and Vince Vaughn.
Now, there are guys who actually enjoy watching Sex and The City. One of my close friends likes it and we have a blast watching it. But it is not for the conservative and it is not for the easily-spooked (men). Because these girls talk about anything and everything when it comes to sex. There just might be too much honesty and too many details for some people. Me? I absolutely love this show.
Of course it is not over with SATC. It never is. Hold on for the movie review and some fantastic quotes. There’s also the book review coming up: Review of Sex and the City Kiss and Tell.
suggestion: If you like Sex and The City, you might like Cougar Town, starring Courteney Cox. Much less “vulgar” than SATC but a lot more “open” than Friends. Give it a shot.